March 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm #550448
The 2006 Supporting Actor category would have to go down in Oscar history as one of the races that had the most contenders vying for nominations. Looking at the list of nominees at the Oscars, Globes, SAG, and BAFTA, you can see a lot more inconsistency than usual in awards and precursors for acting. However, because only 5 men were nominated, many were snubbed despite nabbing prestigious nominations beforehand.
The final Oscar nominees were:
Alan Arkin (‘Little Miss Sunshine’) [won]
other noms: BAFTA (won), Critics Choice, SAG, Satellite
Jackie Earle Haley (‘Little Children’)
other noms: SAG, NYFCC (won)
Djimon Hounsou (‘Blood Diamond’)
other noms: Critics Choice, SAG, NBR (won)
Eddie Murphy (‘Dreamgirls’)
other noms: Critics Choice (won), Golden Globe (won), SAG (won)
Mark Wahlberg (‘The Departed’)
other noms: Golden Globe
Actors who did not receive Oscar nominations, yet made a significant dent at various precursors:
Ben Affleck (‘Hollywoodland’)
noms: Critics Choice, Golden Globe
Adam Beach (‘Flags of Our Fathers’)
noms: Critics Choice, Satellite
Leonardo DiCaprio (‘The Departed’)
supporting noms: SAG, Satellite (won)
lead noms: BAFTA, Critics Choice, Golden Globe
James McAvoy (‘The Last King of Scotland’)
Jack Nicholson (‘The Departed’)
noms: BAFTA, Critics Choice, Golden Globe, Satellite
Leslie Phillips (‘Venus’)
Brad Pitt (‘Babel’)
noms: Golden Globe, Satellite
Michael Sheen (‘The Queen’)
noms: BAFTA, LAFCA (won)
Donald Sutherland (‘Aurora Borealis’)
noms: SatelliteMarch 10, 2015 at 4:24 am #550450
Sergi Lopez for Pan’s Labyrinth. Even though his film got a lot of love, I would’ve loved to see him come along for the ride for his unnerving performance as Cap. Vidal.March 10, 2015 at 10:29 am #550451
I go with Leo but he was the lead of The Departed with Matt Damon. It was just one of those cases with Blood Diamond that he had two great contenders. Jack Nicholson deserved a Supporting nomination but I do agree if one were to be recognized Wahlberg was the best of the bunch. I also loved Alec Baldwin in The Departed Michael Pena in World Trade Center, and Paul Dano in Little Miss SunshineMarch 12, 2015 at 9:12 am #550452
While I could argue that Michael Sheen was pretty much a co-lead or at least borderline lead, I loved his performance in The Queen and he gets my vote.
I love Little Miss Sunshine and it would be in contention for my vote for Best Picture, but I still find it surprising that it was Breslin and Arkin that got the majority of the awards nominations/wins when I thought that Carell, Dano, Kinnear, not to mention Toni Collette were all more impressive in their roles. I know Alan Arkin has his fans and I do love that he is an Oscar winner, but I really didn’t find him Oscar-worthy in the slightest.
It was a shame that DiCaprio and Damon were both often demoted to Supporting because they both were lead in my eyes and especially DiCaprio deserved to be nominated over his Blood Diamond performance.
It is also a shame that James McAvoy took a backseat to the flashy Forest Whittaker train when in reality they should’ve been flip-flopped.March 12, 2015 at 9:42 am #550453
I still can’t believe Arkin actually WON the Oscar for such a limited, do nothing performance. He certainly did not even give the best male performance in the film (pretty much the other three male performances were better) and him beating Murphy and Haley is laughable.
I still think Nicholson should have been nominated over Walberg.March 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm #550454